Steelers Second-Year WR Markus Wheaton Looking ‘Fast And Sure-Handed’ Early On


Pittsburgh Steelers second-year wide receiver Markus Wheaton might have a disfigured pinkie finger on his right hand, but it sounds like there’s nothing wrong with his legs.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Wheaton is “looking fast and sure-handed” in OTA practices thus far as the offense spending a good deal of time working on their deep passing game.

Wheaton, who certainly should have the ability to get deep due to his 4.40 speed, had 74 of his 227 college catches go for 15 or more yards at Oregon State. He didn’t get much of a chance to show what he could do during his rookie season thanks to him suffering a broken finger during the game in London against the Minnesota Vikings. From that point forward he played all of 105 snaps on offense with just 70 of those plays being pass plays.

With both Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery now gone, Wheaton is the starting wide receiver opposite Antonio Brown and it’s his job to lose. The finger, that might be permanently bent for good thanks to some sort of miscommunication that took place concerning the rehab of it, doesn’t appear to be causing him any problems.

Wheaton caught just six passes for 64 yards during his rookie season.


  • steeltown

    Dangerous. If Wheaton stays healthy, we will be dangerous. Of course the OLine needs to step up and assert themselves for us to be successful.

  • Kurt Williams

    I believe Ryan Clark said the same during last years OTA’s. The talent is there for Wheaton he just needs to stay healthy.

  • Big White

    Wheaton is going to be fine. Growing pains are a good thing, mentally and physically. I like what I hear about his approach, preparation and attitude. Look for Marcus to get work all the way into the third quarter in the first three pre-season games. After that, everything will fall into place.

  • srdan

    My friend went to camp last year and saw him. He said he is lightening in a bottle. One of those guys that stands out on the field with his athleticism. Hope it translates.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    The offense is really stacked. It isn’t exactly proven or perfect but if the line holds up and Ben stays healthy this is an elite offense….heath too.. 🙂

  • ATL96STEELER

    Admittedly I’ve been in a wait and see pattern with Wheaton…I’ve heard good things, so I’m being patient…if he can at least deliver Sanders type production then yes…, agree with Eric M…Ben probably never has had this much potential and athleticism to work with.

  • Michael Pearce

    Never did like Sanders playing opposite Brown last year. Wheaton will definately be an upgrade over him. Sanders was more suited for the slot. He just never looked right on that side. I’m more concerned about Cotchery’s replacement as the number three.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Hopefully he will be an upgrade over Sanders at the #2 spot. Guess that disfigured finger is helping him this year. Seriously I thought Wheaton would develop into a nice weapon when he was drafted nice combo of speed/quickness along with decent enough size to be a game changer.

  • blue

    Wheaton=Santonio

  • Jason

    Minus the wake n bake tweets I hope.

  • srdan

    I want to agree iwth you. But this receiving core is not as good as young money crew with hines a few years ago. And that group had trouble excelling. But we will be dangerous if we can move the ball on the ground and then use the speed of the receiving core to our advantage. I guess you said something similar, but I would love to see a run dominant team with the speed that we have now to keep teh chains moving on third and short. And then every 12 plays throw one over the top.

  • steeltown

    New faces no doubt, but the additions over the last couple yrs (Bell, Wheaton, Blount, Moore, Bryant, Archer, DHB) have the potential to be dangerous. Obviously it will take time to gel

  • Ike Evans

    Nah…i disagree….i just think u saw those guys vs not seeing these guys yet play for us except AB….these guys have more talent man for man….we will see if they can play up to it…and i dont think ym had trouble,excelling….they had trouble holding on to the fuking ball in crunch time *angry flashbacks* sorry

  • Ike Evans

    Wheaton=breakout

  • srdan

    very true, i did speak out of turn. Hines was hines, MW was a probowler, AB was better than MW lol and sanders ran good routes. I did like that group.

    But I can’t disagree withyou, I didnt see this group play yet. Like steeltown said, thsi group could mature into something extremely special, and I mean that. Even if AB doesn’t improve, he is a true nubmer one. If Bryant can put it all together and wheaton do what he has been described as this could be the top core in the league. And thats a tall order.

  • srdan

    If you throw the RBs in teh mix I wouldn’t even argue the point. But the WR core could be argued. But like Ike said below, we havent seen this group on the field yet.